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Stamford Nonprofit Awards Residents For Promoting Needs Of Older Adults

Daniel Katz is being awarded for advocating for the needs of older adults and their families by SilverSource.
Daniel Katz is being awarded for advocating for the needs of older adults and their families by SilverSource. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Dorothy Canzano of Stamford is being awarded for advocating for the needs of older adults and their families by SilverSource, Inc.
Dorothy Canzano of Stamford is being awarded for advocating for the needs of older adults and their families by SilverSource, Inc. Photo Credit: contributed
Jean Mills Aranhaa staff attorney at Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.
Jean Mills Aranhaa staff attorney at Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. Photo Credit: contributed
Maureen Matthews, founder of To Whom I May Concern
Maureen Matthews, founder of To Whom I May Concern Photo Credit: contributed
Mark Masselli, founder of Community Health Center
Mark Masselli, founder of Community Health Center Photo Credit: contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Silver Source Inc. -- a Stamford-based nonprofit organization that advocates for the needs of older adults and their families -- recently announced the winners of its inaugural SilverSource Awards.

The awards will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 27, during the 2nd Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast at the Italian Center of Stamford.

The awards recognize individuals, organizations or businesses making a significant difference in the lives of Fairfield County’s older adults.

Nominations were evaluated by a panel of judges comprised of community, business and thought leaders.

The 2016 SilverSource Award winners are as follows:

  • The SilverSource Community Service Volunteer Awards go to Dorothy Canzano and Daniel S. Katz.

For 33 years, Canzano has volunteered at The Villa at Stamford (formerly Smith House), where she visits with residents, listens to their stories and keeps them up to date on local news while transporting them to special services at the Villa.

At age 93, she is the oldest volunteer at The Villa at Stamford, where she contributes her time three days each week.

Katz is a key volunteer with two programs serving Stamford's seniors. He has volunteered for 15 years with MedAssist Choices, an all-volunteer program helping more than 800 older adults each year navigate complex health-care billing and insurance issues.

  • The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award by Outstanding Individuals goes to Maureen Matthews, founder of To Whom I May Concern; and attorney Jean Mills Aranha, Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.

Matthews has many years of experience as a nurse and psychotherapist, working in the field of dementia.

She created To Whom I May Concern, an interactive theater program, to give voice to people who have recently been diagnosed with a progressive brain illness such as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Aranha is a staff attorney with Connecticut Legal Services, Inc., where she works in the Elder Law and Public Benefits Units as well as doing legislative advocacy on behalf of the poor.

The Elder Law Unit represents and advises low-income individuals aged 60 and up.

  • The SilverSource Contribution to Community Award by an Outstanding Organization goes to Community Health Center (CHC).

Community Health Center is a leading independent, nonprofit healthcare provider in the state of Connecticut, providing comprehensive primary-care services in medicine, dentistry and behavioral health to more than 145,000 people.

Founder Mark Maselli will accept the award on behalf of CHC.

During the Annual SilverSource Autumn Breakfast, experts Lindsay Goldman and Julia Evans Starr will showcase challenges facing the communities and share innovative solutions.

For tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit www.SilverSource.org or call (203)- 324-6584.

The event will be from  7 - 9:30 a.m.

The Italian Center of Stamford is at 1620 Newfield Ave.

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